Alcohol Addiction

For some people alcohol can be part of many occasions. Often, alcohol can make a user more sociable, reduce inhibitions and reduce anxiety, which makes it very popular socially and it is common place to find alcohol available in most social environments (pubs, clubs, restaurants, etc).but like many drugs it’s addictive, both physically and psychologically

For many people, Alcohol Dependency gradually builds up, often without a person even realising this is happening. This means that drinking alcohol becomes an important, or sometimes the most important, factor in their life and they feel they’re unable to function without it. Alcohol can be used safely if consumed within recommended government daily drinking guidelines, however, over time Alcohol can easily become addictive and begin to have disastrous effects if abused

What is alcohol dependence?

There are varying degrees of alcohol dependence and they don’t always involve excessive levels of drinking. If you find that you ‘need’ to share a bottle of wine with your partner most nights of the week, or always go for a few pints after work, just to unwind, you’re likely to be drinking at a level that could affect your long-term health. You could also be developing a dependence on alcohol. If you find it very difficult to enjoy yourself or relax without having a drink, you could have become psychologically dependent on alcohol. Physical dependence can follow too, that is your body shows withdrawal symptoms, such as sweating, shaking and nausea, when your blood alcohol level falls.

Signs and symptoms of alcohol dependence

If you’re worried that you may be becoming alcohol dependent or are concerned about someone else’s drinking, look out for these four warning signs and symptoms:

  1. Worrying about where your next drink is coming from and planning social, family and work events around alcohol.
  2. Finding you have a compulsive need to drink and finding it hard to stop once you start.
  3. Waking up and drinking – or feeling the need to have a drink in the morning.
  4. Suffering from withdrawal symptoms, such as sweating, shaking and nausea, which stop once you drink alcohol.

If you’re worried that you have any of these symptoms of alcohol dependence, contact us now and see how we may be able to help.